The second day of protest in Abuja demanding the return of President Muhammadu Buhari turned rowdy when policemen fired tear gas canisters at protesters, injuring one person in the process.
Eyewitnesses say the demonstrators who are coordinated under the umbrella of a coalition of civil society groups, were having their sit-out at the Millennium Park opposite the Unity Fountain, Maitama, when policemen disrupted their gathering by firing tear gas canister to displace them.
Sources say the attempt by policemen to disrupt their gathering did not achieve its aim as the coalition members braved the assault by the cops and continued for an hour with their meeting.
According to reports, the wounded protester was immediately rushed to a clinic at the Federal Secretariat complex, for prompt medical attention even as the extent of injuries sustained by the victim could not be immediately ascertained.
The protest led by foremost entertainer, Charles Oputa, widely known as Charlyboy, is demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari return to Nigeria immediately or tender his resignation.
Tuesday will mark the 92nd day since President Buhari returned to London on a follow-up medical trip.
There have been recent images of him meeting delegations from Nigeria and abroad, which many consider proof of improved health and a welcome sign of increasing visibility, after the initial period of complete inaccessibility.
Over 120 policemen attacked about 10 of us. They used teargas, water cannon & dogs but there's NO GOING BACK.
We continue tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Dz2zAo7htZ
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) August 8, 2017
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